Check out today’s print edition of UT San Diego for the latest Weekend Driver column, “Off the Boulevard.” For the Sunday, April 19, 2015 trip, I take a sharp new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on a drive around the McCain Valley, the wilderness area north of the little town of Boulevard in southeastern San Diego County.

The Sunday, April 19, 2015 story on McCain Valley.
The Sunday, April 19, 2015 story on McCain Valley.

The trail’s unpaved after you pass Rough Acres, where the San Diego Chargers famously trained before winning their only league championship, the AFL title at the end of the 1963 season. The road can be rough at times but offers spectacular views of the In-Ko-Pah Mountains and the desert beyond.

There are hiking trails, picnic and camping areas, as well as spots where the adventurous can take their off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes.

The new, mid-sized Colorado, equipped with the off-road package, was more than up to the task along the sometimes rutted roads. It also proved to be comfortable and easier than most trucks to park in tight spaces, as I found out during my week of testing.

So, if you’re somewhere you can pick up UT San Diego, grab it today. It’s in the automotive section, part of the popular UT Offers section. It’s one of those perfect Sunday San Diego day trips on one of the best roads in the county.

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